Landon is making changes to its athletics program to ensure the well-being of our boys and to align the structure with the school's mission following recommendations made by the Athletics Philosophy Committee.
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Every boy in our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools is required to participate in daily sports — varsity, club or intramural — to stay physically fit and learn about the value of teamwork, fair play, perseverance and healthy living.
Landon has a 75-acre campus with state-of-the-art facilities such as our Barton Alumni Athletic Center, which includes two gymnasiums, a wrestling room, and a 5,500 square foot strength and conditioning area that features almost 9,000 pounds of weights.
Outside, we have a turf field (renovated in 2019) with a track , four grass fields, 10 outdoor tennis courts, two baseball fields, an outdoor swimming pool, two miles of cross country trails, and a riflery range. Our ice hockey team skates at the Bears’ Den at Rockville Ice Arena. We also have two full-time athletic trainers on staff.
In the Upper School, we have a storied history of athletics success. Our varsity teams have brought home 198 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) championships, and our athletes often go on to compete at the collegiate level — we have had more than 160 boys play NCAA athletics over the past decade, including 26 members of the Class of 2018.
In 2017-18, six of our varsity teams won IAC titles. Our soccer team won its first outright IAC crown (regular season and IAC Tournament) since the tournament's inception in 2012, and finished the season ranked second on The Washington Post's list of the best teams in the area. Varsity football went 9-1 to score an IAC co-championship (the program's 21st title) and finish as Washington Post's 17th-ranked area team. In the winter, both ice hockey and wrestling won their respective conference titles outright after going undefeated in the IAC regular season and IAC Tournament. In the spring, tennis was perfect in IAC play to capture the conference crown outright, the 50th IAC title for the program, while lacrosse won the IAC regular season title and was the runner-up in the IAC Tournament. Read more about how our winter teams in 2018-19 fared.
Individually, our Bears racked up the accolades. In the fall, six student-athletes earned Washington Post All-Met accolades, recognizing them as some of the best D.C.-area players, 24 were All-IAC, and Nico Kenary '18 was IAC Soccer Player of the Year. In the winter, five Bears were All-Met, 15 were All-IAC, and Drew Wellington '18 was recognized as IAC Hockey Player of the Year. In the spring, 12 Landon boys were All-Met, while tennis player Sachin Das '19 and lacrosse attack Joey Epstein '18 were named All-Met and All-IAC Players of the Year in their respective sports.
In 2017, our lacrosse team went 21–0 to earn the program's fourth ever Nike/US Lacrosse national title. Justin Shockey '17 was named Washington Post All-Met Lacrosse Player of the Year (the highest D.C.-area honor) and USA Today ALL-USA National Lacrosse Player of the Year, while Joey Epstein '18 earned Epoch/US Lacrosse National Player of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year honors. Ten spring athletes received All-Met accolades, and Coach Jack Duquette was named All-Met Golf Coach of the Year for leading his team to its fourth straight IAC crown. Tennis also claimed its 49th IAC title and first outright since 2004. Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves drafted Randy Bednar Jr. '17 (although he has decided to play in college before going pro). And Landon finish tied with Georgetown Prep for the 2016–17 IAC Founders Cup, given to the school(s) with the best performances in 11 varsity sports over the course of the year.
Upper School Offerings
We offer 22 athletics options in the Upper School: 20 interscholastic sports (some of which have varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams), winter intramurals, and midday fitness and after-school strength and conditioning classes that teach the keys to physical fitness. Click here to see a list of Upper School sports options.
Middle School Offerings
In the Middle School, you will choose from 12 interscholastic sports, some of which (football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse) have grade-specific teams. Intramural options such as water polo, strength and conditioning, and street hockey are also available. In addition, all Form II boys participate in a health-and-wellness class that meets once per eight-day cycle to teach the value of physical well-being, nutrition, safety and exercise. Click here to see a list of Middle School sports options.
Lower School Offerings
Third and fourth graders choose either football or soccer in the fall and then rotate through a cycle in the winter and spring to sample six different sports. In Grade 5, boys can continue to participate in intramurals or choose to compete against other schools in one interscholastic sport per season. Click here to see a list of Lower School sports options.
Lower School students will have new learning opportunities in the 2019-20 school year with the introduction of the Landon Enrichment and Afterschool Program (LEAP).
Art teacher Megan Rains-Mercado writes in this blog post about this year's Landon Lower School art show. The show, titled "Collaborative Portraits of Prominent Members of the Civil Rights Movement," features projects that not only build the boys' creative skills but also teach them about leadership and character through a look back at transformative figures in U.S. civil rights history.